Hello Everyone and thank you for checking out our Second month's update via the new Immanuel Website!
A few questions we'll answer in this blog:
- Why are we using this blog instead of E-mail?
- When can I Sign-up for Camp?
- My Student has talked about helping at Easter...How can they serve?
- What are we doing over Easter/Spring Break?
- How do I know what the Weekly Readings are for my Confirmation Student?
- What does Confirmation look like for my 9th Grade Student?
- When is the next Catechism Training Event?
- How can I get on the Texting Update?
- What are the biggest needs of Student Ministries & How can I Help?
Please scroll down to the questions appropriate to you!
1) Why are we using this blog instead of E-mail?
Although we strive to do our best to communicate to everyone, we have missed people as a result of not having accurate or complete records, and from new families joining the church (REALLY EXCITING). We want everyone to know what is going and feel informed and invited to be a part of what God is doing here. This way, if you or anyone you know misses an e-mail, you can point them to (or look) here on the website to see what's going on! I'll continue to send a link to the email addresses we do have to this page to show you that it's been updated! =)
2) Where can I Sign up for Camp?
Please follow this link to get to our Camp Registration Page:
3) My Student has talked about helping at Easter...How can they serve?
We would LOVE for your students (& You if you're willing!) to help us accommodate all of our new guests on Easter! We have two big needs that students and their families can fill this year:
The First would be volunteering with Karl and John for Parking Lot & Outdoor Greeting duty. We will be the first line of welcoming people to Immanuel on Easter and plan on doing so with smiling faces and a whole bunch of fun. Many of us will be attending the Sun-Rise Service first, and then serving the rest of the morning. If you are interested in this opportunity (For any or multiple services), please e-mail Karl at to let him know you are willing to help!
The Second would be volunteering in Childcare. We will have abundance of little people to hangout with and love on, and could really use some extra recruits on any service you can make. To serve in the Childcare please e-mail Beth Schneider to let her know you are willing to help!
4) What are we doing over Easter/Spring Break?
In lieu of meeting for Confirmation and Youth Night, we will be serving on Sunday morning in the parking lot and childcare. Please note confirmation and Youth Night are canceled Easter Sunday, however we would still love to see you! (See above question)
5) How do I know what the Weekly Readings are for my Confirmation Student?
The reading schedule is as follows:
3/20- Exodus 1-10
4/3- Exodus 11-19
4/10- Exodus 20-30
4/17- Exodus 30-40
4/24- Exodus Review Day
5/1- Leviticus Overview (No reading)
5/8- Leviticus Overview (Selected readings)
5/15- Numbers Overview
5/22- Numbers Overview
Please encourage your student to read the selections. If you want to be an A+ parent, commit to reading them with your student! We answer 3 questions from the reading on Sunday Morning:
What Happened? What did you feel like God was trying to say to you? What are you going to do about it?
6) What does Confirmation look like for my 9th Grade Student?
A Class is taught to Parents of Confirmation Students around the topic of Evolution
A Class is taught to Confirmation Students around the Topic of Evolution
We have a service opportunity offered to all Students and their families to serve at "Feed My Starving Children"
The first Sunday in April will double for 2 important things. 1) We will have our second Bi-Annual Catechism Training Event for 7th-9th grade students and their parents (which includes dinner). 2) Earlier that day we will be meeting with all of the 9th students and their parents to talk about Faith Statements, scheduling a Next Steps meeting time with Karl and/or Pastor Tieman, and outlining what Individual Confirmations will look like.
We envision a 9th grade student's experience to be something like this:
- Fall of 7th Grade- Spring of 9th Grade consistently attending The Path Sunday Mornings
- Having attended 3 (previously 2) Summer Camp/Mission Trip Opportunities
- Having attended 6 of the Catechism Training Events with their Parents (To learn about the Catechism)
- Attending the 9th Grade Parent/Student Meeting
- Submitting and Writing a Faith Statement
- Upon approval of Faith Statement: Scheduling and Meeting with Karl and/or Pastor Tieman for a Next Steps Meeting
- Upon Approval of Meeting: Scheduling a Date/Service Time for Individual Confirmation
Why Individual Confirmations instead of the traditional Class Confirmation?
- According to The Barna Group, Mosaics (Millennials) associate "their religious orientation" with their "cultural association". This means that the new normal for students growing up in this generation is to identify with Christianity "not because of an individual faith in Christ" but because they are in a peer group that attends church regularly to semi-regularly. The Barna group then goes on to say this: We don't need new theology or doctrine. We need a new way of changing our association of following Jesus from a social identity that shatters at the slightest puff of wind, to a disciple-making process that produces strong faith that carries into adulthood. This is the concept our Student Ministries Mission Statement is formed around " Guiding Students into a Life-long Relationship with God that touches Hearts and Transforms Lives.
How will Individual Confirmations differ from the previous Confirmation Service we've had in the past?
- An Individual Confirmation will now occur at a regular service. Confirmation really boils down to 2 things:
- A Student's Opportunity to Commit their Life to Following Jesus (personally confirming their baptism).
- A Decision to become an Adult Member of the Church.
- This is an exciting time for our entire Congregation. They get to see young people confirming their faith, and committing to actively being a part of growing and serving at Immanuel. At the appropriate point in the service, Pastor Tieman will invite the Student up to read their Faith Statement to the Congregation, share their plans for growth and service in the Church, and then the parents and sponsors will be invited up to lay hands and pray over the Confirmand. The congregation will then recognize and welcome that student as an active, adult member of Immanuel as Pastor Tieman carries them through the Congregation. The student will be presented a gift from Immanuel and everyone will return to their seats for the rest of the service. At the end of the service, the Confirmand will accompany Pastor Tieman to the lobby where the congregation can personally congratulate and celebrate with the student and their family.
- Think of Confirmation as a New Members Sunday, except they are individually welcomed into Immanuel as Adult members ready to plug into a group in which they can grow in, and another area they can serve in.
7) When is the next Catechism Training Event?
Our next Catechism Training Event is scheduled for the l Sunday, April 3rd in the commons. If your student is in 9th grade, please arrive at 4:00pm to talk about our new process for Confirmation and how to get your child confirmed. If your child is in 7th or 8th Grade, please arrive at 5:00pm. Pastor Tieman will be teaching on the Catechism and dinner will be included!
8) How can I get on the Texting Update?
We have found that the fastest way to communicate with such a large group is to use mass texting technology. If you would like to be kept aware of what we are doing on Sunday Nights and receive our updates (think once/twice a week), please follow the Instructions: Text @ImmanuelStudentMin to 23559
Then follow the directions on your phone to receive our updates!
9) What are the biggest needs of Student Ministries & How can I Help?
We have all been incredibly blessed by the time and sacrifice of our Guides, Teachers, and Leaders over the past year and a half. I know from experiencing much of what they do firsthand. I'm extremely thankful for all that the Student Ministries Team continues to do and we would not be able to do what we do without them.
Most importantly, Please pray for us. This is what actually moves everything we do. We don't want to move apart from the Spirit, please pray for Passion, Protection, Direction, and Unity.
We have been blessed tremendously over the past year and a half. With that being said, due to work, school, and new stages of life, we've had quite the transition of Guides over the past 4-5 Months, making it hard to gain consistency and momentum in a few areas. Moving forward we recognize that character, commitment, and compatibility are really what we're looking for to create a team of people that "Guide Students into a Life-Long Relationship with God that Touches Hearts & Transforms Lives". If you have an interest in joining our team I would love to sit down with you and talk about where you might fit in our ministry. We provide training and opportunities to learn and grow alongside a team that has been doing this for a while. =)
We are currently seeking:
1 Jr High Girl's Guide
2 Jr High Guy's Guides
A 6th Grade Verge Champion